It is indeed a different day. It is as Charles Dickens wrote in the Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only …”
If I ever allowed myself to become envious, I would envy the God given talent to write with such grace and poignancy in an effort to paint concise scenes such as the above. I often wonder how a writer such as Dickens, or Taylor Caldwell (my favorite author!) would script my character. How would I look on paper; what words would the writer choose to bring my character to life … now that is indeed a thought, but back to the thought at hand …
While shopping at Costco the other day, I noticed my cashier (a ‘young’un’) wore a “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do) bracelet. Sooo, while checking out I asked him, “So what would Jesus do about Caitlyn Jenner?” His response, “Everything I have learned about being a Christian says that Jesus would love her, and we should love her too; not judge her or condemn her, but just show her some love.” Hmmmm that was an unexpected and totally refreshing answer. I was humbled and so responded, “How true, but we as Christians often times forget how much Christ loves.”
Isn’t that true, wouldn’t Jesus would love Caitlyn Jenner, just as He loves Bruce Jenner? Did He not come down to earth to seek and save that which was lost? Luke 19:10. Would not Caitlyn be considered one of His lost sheep? In our family discussions about Bruce/Caitlyn there was condemnation, judgment, but not enough love. Let’s be honest … it is not easy to love as Jesus does, and as another of my fav pastor rants … ‘it is easier to give money than to pray, than to love. We don’t even love ourselves unconditionally.’ Loving all … strangers, enemies, friends, and even family … as does praying sometimes requires great effort. So when this young’un answered as he did, I got to thinking how his response illuminated God’s word in 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 if I do not have love, I am nothing. I speak … I have the gift of prophecy … I have all faith, but do not have love – I am become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I do not have love, I am nothing.
Let us recall Mark 12:30-31: And [I] shall love the Lord [my] God with all [my] heart, and with all [my] soul, and with all [my] mind, and with all [my] strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this; [I] shall love [my] neighbor as [my]self. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Father, we are quick to condemn, and even in our knowledge of Your word and Your ways, we become judges of those whom you have come to seek and save. Teach us how to love. Teach us love; Open our hearts to love to truly feel Your love for us. We forget about our wrongs, our sins, and look at the wrongs of others and think their sin is greater than ours. We forget that in Your eyes, wrong is wrong. Forgive us for our wrong and self-righteous thinking. Forgive us for not loving all – stranger, enemy, friend – as You do. In these type situations let Your word guide us. It is written: Out of our hearts flow the issues of life. Guard our hearts and minds in Christ. Let us receive and speak those things which glorify You. Be with Caitlyn Jenner. Reveal Yourself to her, to us, as only You can. In Jesus name we pray. Amen and Amen.
Be open to all that God has for you!
Submitted via email distribution June 06, 2015.